Atari Panther

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Atari Panther Concept Chassis

The Atari Panther was scheduled to be launched in 1991, however it was Not released, as the Jaguars development was rapid and Atari saw an opportunity to "skip" a generation. It was a 32bit console & predecessor to Jaguar. Two known games were written for it, Crescent Galaxy and Raiden.

Hardware Specs

  • Motorola 68000 running at 16Mhz
  • 32k of fast static Ram
  • 64k of ROM
  • Hardware scrolling
  • Ensoniq Chip "Otis" @ 8 MIPS
    • 8k reserved solely for sound
    • 29bit DSP (Digital Signal Processor with various filters etc
    • 32 Separate voices each with independant volume
    • 16-Bit Stereo sound of PCM
    • Stereo headphone jacks
  • Chip "Panther" (from the "Blossom" - project)
    • Main resolution of 320 by 200 (non interlaced)
    • 32 colours per line from a pallette of 262,144 colours
    • 7,860 colours on screen at any one time (very impressive for the day!)
    • 32bit Graphic processor running at 32Mhz
    • 2,000 sprites on screen at any one time!
    • output via Antenna, RGB and SVHS
    • Genlock option
  • Control: 2 Multi functions Joystick ports
  • 3-button-Joysticks

This information came from Zero Magazine (Issue 21, Dennis Publishing) & other sources

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